Required Permission Level: Owner | Manager
Launching Minga to your entire school is easy and efficient - simply follow this plan and take advantage of some best practices. Remember that your active school community includes administration, teachers, staff AND students. Engaging each group in the right order will help your Minga launch go smoothly and be a huge success!
Step 1: Setup your Minga Profile Page
A Minga Owner or Manager will have permissions to setup the Minga Profile Page. This will include your:
- School Logo
- School Name
- School Address
- Website URL
- Phone Number
- General Email Address
In addition, you can include other links to school platforms such as Grades, Lunch & Meal Programs, Schedules, Forms, Social Media and more.
To access your Minga Profile Page, click the Minga logo (or your school logo) located at the TOP LEFT of the Minga App, or your School's name in the menu on the right.
To edit your Minga Profile Page, click the ellipses in the top right corner.
Step 2: Get Administration on Board
The office administration team is likely responsible for a lot of the current school communication. Their adoption and buy-in is key as they can make or break the successful rollout of a new platform. Bring them in early to ensure they understand that Minga will SIMPLIFY and IMPROVE school communication, which in turn will make their jobs a little bit easier.
How do you let students, staff and parents know about Minga? You can find parent permission and notification forms here.
Step 3: Introduce Minga to Teachers and Staff
- Send out an introduction email to all teachers and staff introducing Minga and the reasons for bringing a new platform into the school. You can find an email template here: Teacher Introduction Email Template.
- Upload the list of teachers and staff to your Minga and they will receive invitations to join in their email inbox.
- Schedule a 20 minute introduction and training session to review the basic features and functionality and ensure everyone gets logged in successfully and has a chance to ask questions.
Step 4: Bring in Student Leaders
You don't need a big assembly or special event to launch Minga to the students - a great place to start is with your student leadership community. Upload their information to your Minga; they'll receive an email (like the others before) to join your Minga.
Meet with the Student Leaders and assign some simple tasks to help kick off student driven content in your Minga:
- Add Events: Get a couple students to add your school events and activities into Minga. Building out a school calendar in Minga really drives engagement.
- Add Photos: There's great stuff happening at school every day such as sports, spirit activities or just random acts of kindness. Students are amazing at capturing photos of these events. Assign 4-5 leadership students to snap and add photos for the next few weeks as Minga starts to launch.
- Start Conversations: Encourage your leadership students to @mention others in their posts - a little extra attention can go a long way.
Step 5: Open the door for everyone
Upload the remaining students to auto-send out the invitation email. You can find a guide to how to upload a list of new users to your Minga here.
Once your student leaders are on board and have a bit of experience with Minga, send out the invite emails to the remaining students. Put up some posters, make a few introduction announcements about Minga to the school community. But at this stage it's as easy as using it - if you make Minga the primary communication and engagement channel - everyone is going to use it. As Minga registration picks up over the next few weeks, you can back off on your old communication models like email, forms, and public social media.